As spring football rolls around, it often creates more questions than answers. That’s the case as the 2005 Cavaliers head into camp. For the ‘Hoos, many of the answers they’ll be looking for might not be found until the fall. There are numerous injuries and several players who will miss most or all of spring camp due to injury or the necessity to concentrate on academics.
Because of that, the Cavaliers will not be at full strength and that could create issues as many younger players and some veterans need the time to develop.
My intent is not necessarily to answer the questions, but to lay out the areas I believe need to be addressed in order for Coach Groh and company to take the program another step forward in 2005.
The biggest questions this year revolve around replacing key components from the 2004 team, finding playable depth at several key positions and seeing some significant improvement in several units, most notably wide receiver and in the secondary.
According to Groh, “There are two areas every year you have to start all over again and make sure you get it the way you want, and that’s the offensive line and the secondary.”
Let’s start with the offensive line.
Talk about All-American quarterbacks, game-breaking wide receivers and 1,000-yard rushers all you want, but without a cohesive line, offenses will fail.
For Virginia, finding productive replacements for Elton Brown, one of the most dominating linemen in school if not ACC history, and center Zac Yarbrough, the glue of the ACC’s leading offensive front last season, is imperative.
The offensive line is the foundation of the team – the starting point for creating a championship team. The linemen function as a unit and measure their success in terms of the team’s success. They know that the team is more important than their individual games. And the key to an offensive line with continuity
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